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Aurora gymnast heading to Olympics as alternate

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  • Anna Li performs on the balance beam Sunday during the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. Li was named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team as one of three alternates and will be going with the team to London.

      Anna Li performs on the balance beam Sunday during the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. Li was named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team as one of three alternates and will be going with the team to London.
    Associated Press

  • Anna Li, a Waubonsie Valley graduate, reacts as confetti falls after being named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team Sunday after the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials. At 23, Li is the oldest member of the team.

      Anna Li, a Waubonsie Valley graduate, reacts as confetti falls after being named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team Sunday after the final round of the women's Olympic gymnastics trials. At 23, Li is the oldest member of the team.
    Associated Press

  • Anna Li of Aurora, who trained at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Carol Stream, hugs her coach after competing on the balance beam Sunday at the women's Olympic gymnastics trialsin San Jose, Calif. Li, whose specialty is the uneven bars, was named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.

      Anna Li of Aurora, who trained at Legacy Elite Gymnastics in Carol Stream, hugs her coach after competing on the balance beam Sunday at the women's Olympic gymnastics trialsin San Jose, Calif. Li, whose specialty is the uneven bars, was named as an alternate to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.
    Associated Press

  • Video: Anna Li on uneven bars

 
 

Aurora resident Anna Li will be heading to the 2012 Olympic Games in London as one of three alternates for the U.S. Women's Gymnastics team.

The 23-year-old Li was selected for the team Sunday night during the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

"There are no words to describe this feeling," Li posted on her Twitter account @AnnaLi_88 after the securing a spot on the USA team.

A 2006 graduate of Waubonsie Valley High School, Li trains at Legacy Elite Gymnastics LCC in Carol Stream. In 2010, Li led her college team at UCLA to its first NCAA women's gymnastics title in six years. She was also part of the 2011 World Team.

Both of Li's parents, Jiani Wu and Yuejiu Li, competed in gymnastics for China in the 1984 Olympics, and they are co-owners and head coaches at Legacy Elite Gymnastics.

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